What's Inside

  • Budget Template Pack

    Two templates: A simple (1-page) budget template and a detailed (6-page) budget template to cover a range of projects.

  • Video Tutorials

    44-minutes of video tutorials walking you step-by-step through each template.

Documentary Budget Template Pack

Included in this pack are TWO budget templates: a simple one and a detailed one.

1. The DETAILED Budget Template (6 pages) is a professional grade, Excel-based Documentary Budgeting Template with built-in formulas for easy estimating and actualizing. Includes 5 detailed pages of Line Items, with Summary Top Sheet. This template will impress your funders, while helping you stay well-organized!

2. The SIMPLE Budget Template (1 page) is great for small projects such as promo videos and short docs. Built-in line items and formulas help you make a simple, accurate budget in minutes.

In addition to the templates, get 44-minutes of video tutorials explaining step by step how to use these high powered professional templates to create a well organized and funder-ready budget.
Documentary Budget Template Pack

Course curriculum

  • 1
    • Welcome & Instructions
  • 2
    Simple Documentary Budget Template
    • VIDEO TUTORIAL: Simple Documentary Budget Template
    • QUICKVIEW: Simple Budget Template (PDF)
    • TEMPLATE: Simple Documentary Budget Template (XLS)
  • 3
    Detailed Documentary Budget Template
    • VIDEO TUTORIAL: Detailed Documentary Budget Template - PART 1
    • VIDEO TUTORIAL: Detailed Documentary Budget Template - PART 2
    • QUICK VIEW: Detailed Documentary Budget Template Topsheet (PDF)
    • QUICK VIEW: Detailed Documentary Budget Template - Detail Pages (PDF)
    • TEMPLATE: Detailed Documentary Budget Template (XLS)
  • 4
    Summary & Resources
    • Quick Survey
    • Budgeting Resources

About Your Instructor

  • Jilann Spitzmiller

    Documentary Producer-Director

    Jilann Spitzmiller

    Jilann Spitzmiller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on the BBC, Sundance Channel, Starz/Encore, Aljazeera, PBS, Canal+ and many other channels worldwide. Spitzmiller is a 3-time recipient of ITVS funding and has twice received Sundance Institute funding. She has been a Sundance Institute fellow and a mentor at NALIP's Producer's Lab, as well as a guest panelist and teacher at many festivals and workshops. Her work has won more than 20 awards and has been shown around the globe. Her documentary SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and has become a cult classic. She co-directed, produced and edited HOMELAND which aired on National PBS. Jilann’s most recent feature documentary, STILL DREAMING, released on PBS in April 2018. She co-founded DocuMentors and is deeply committed to helping filmmakers world-wide have the most impact that they can by telling their best story possible. Consulting.

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Additional Budgeting Resources